IGNITE Chester started back with a BANG this month. The worship band led everyone and the atmosphere was incomparable. The young people filled the front and the energy for our Saviour was incredible. It was great to see the young people able to express their worship through singing, dancing and jumping.
Next came the games! The first game was a race between two of the young people to sort all their skittles into separate colours (without just eating them all). The second game was a team game, and Gravity and Grace both came out in full force, head to head in the banana game. The challenge was, to pass a banana from one end of the line to the other using only their feet, in a kind of over/under fashion. It’s safe to say it wasn’t very easy!!! Equally, I can say with full confidence everyone was worn out from partaking or simply cheering (*shouting).
Luke brought a word on the topic ‘Saviour > Style’ and used a passage from Acts 16:22-32 to illustrate it. He talked about how even when in prison, in the worst situations, Paul and Silas focused everything on praising Jesus. Their songs of praise LITERALLY caused an earthquake. I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty sure I’ve caused an earthquake through worship. That being said, when you surrender everything to Christ and praise Him, the effects can be pretty monumental. The first question Luke asked was ‘What is the focus for your life?’ and ‘What is it that you wake up for?’ Every day we should be pursuing Jesus through everything we do. No matter your situation, God is bigger than it, and He is above it and our focus should always be living for the glory of God. Be IN the world, but not OF the world. The second question Luke posed was ‘What are you saying?’ and no, he wasn’t quoting Joey Essex. The way we speak should reflect our faith. We have a choice in the way we come across to people, and does gossiping or putting somebody down show people the love of Jesus? You should stand out in conversations for the way you love others. We should strive to surround ourselves with people who challenge us to be a better follower of Jesus AND be that person for those around us. The question Luke finished with was ‘What doors are you opening?’. We have a Saviour who can open doors that we can’t open for ourselves. Pray into situations, wait and then reflect on how much God has answered, and what doors have been opened. How many times do we put our effort into our problems instead of praising and praying to our Saviour? Hand everything over to Jesus. Channel everything into praise God and challenge yourself, in everything you do, praise Him, no matter what your circumstances.
We had an amazing night and can’t wait for next month on 13th October!!!